The explosion that destroyed the car of a high-ranking official in the northern Vietnamese province of Dien Bien Tuesday was probably caused by a bomb placed in the vehicle, Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted a top local cop as saying Thursday.
Sung A Hong, deputy director of the Dien Bien Police Department, said it was likely that someone broke into the house of Nguyen Viet Hung, deputy director of the Department of Home Affairs, and placed the bomb in the car.
The explosion too place at around 5 a.m. when the unoccupied car was parked in front of the house, he said.
While the blast destroyed part of the car, no one was injured.
The police are continuing their investigation.
On January 7 an explosion damaged the first floor of the house of Nguyen Nhu Tuan, director of the Police Department in another northern province, Thai Nguyen. Again, no one had been injured.
The police suspect that the explosion could have been caused by a bomb placed by someone who wanted to take revenge against Tuan, who has been cracking down on crimes and gangsters.